ApplyDiffs 2.5 (22.11.2001)
(w) 1995 - 2001 by André Bernhardt
- bugfix: ApplyDiffs can now handle mixed original- and stripped- diffs
correctly (problem with 970307-diffs from AMINET)
The movie database files and diff files are updated every Friday. The
diffs-archives are named according to the week's full data to which they
should be applied in order to generate the following week's data. The
filename format is:
For example, imdbDiff941230.lha contains the diffs to be applied to the
30th December 1994 files in order to generate the files for 6th January
The program 'ApplyDiffs' applies all files of the weekly diff-archive to
the listfiles of the Internet MovieDatabase and checks the consistency of
NOTE: if you miss more than one weeks worth of updates you need to apply
the patches for all the missing weeks in succession to bring your local
copies up to date.
In order to check that the diffs have been applied correctly, all the
database files include a CRC on their first line. The program 'ApplyDiffs'
will automatically verify that this checksum is correct.
After having applied all diffs to the listfiles, a summary of all
diff-files together with the status information and number of lines that
have been added and deleted is shown.
Instead of Applydiffs, you could as well use the common program 'patch'.
Unfortunately, this program creates very big temporary files when updating
the actors- & actresses lists. It is also very slow and can't check the
CRC-sums. ApplyDiffs on the other hand can only be used to apply the
MovieDatabase-diffs to the listfiles. It cannot be used to apply any diffs
created by the program 'diff'!
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